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Winter Storm Warning begins at 11 a.m. this morning

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Heavy snow is in the forecast for the Los Alamos area through Wednesday

By The Staff

The National Weather Service issued the following warning Tuesday morning:

WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 5 PM MST WEDNESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 5 PM MST WEDNESDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... SNOW AMOUNTS OF 3 TO 6 INCHES CAN BE EXPECTED AT ELEVATIONS BELOW 7500 FEET... WHILE 6 TO 10 INCHES OF SNOW IS LIKELY ABOVE 7500 FEET. THE HEAVIEST ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED ACROSS THE SOUTHWEST FACING SLOPES OF THE SAN JUAN AND JEMEZ MOUNTAINS.

* TIMING... SNOW WILL BEGIN LATE THIS MORNING... BUT WILL INCREASE IN COVERAGE AND INTENSITY TONIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING. THE SNOW MAY BE HEAVY AT TIMES ESPECIALLY LATE TUESDAY NIGHT.

* WINDS... WIDESPREAD SIGNIFICANT WINDS ARE NOT EXPECTED.

* SNOW LEVELS... SNOW WILL PREVAIL AT ELEVATIONS ABOVE 7000 FEET... HOWEVER... LOCATIONS BELOW 7000 FEET MAY EXPERIENCE RAIN OR A MIX OF RAIN AND SNOW THIS AFTERNOON BEFORE CHANGING TO ALL SNOW THIS EVENING. TEMPERATURES WILL THEN REMAIN COLD ENOUGH FOR SNOW AT ALL ELEVATIONS THROUGH WEDNESDAY.


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